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 Jesús Sanjurjo

Jesús Sanjurjo

Lecturer in Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Ysgol Ieithoedd Modern

Room 1.46, 66a Plas y Parc, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3AS


BA (Oviedo), MA (Leeds), PhD (Leeds), AFHEA.

I am a Lecturer in Hispanic and Latin American Studies as part of Cardiff University’s flagship new scheme, Darlithwyr Disglair and the author of In the Blood of Our Brothers: Abolitionism and the End of the Slave Trade in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, 1800–1870 ( University of Alabama Press, 2021). I specialise in the history of slavery and the slave trade in the Spanish Caribbean and Anglo-Spanish diplomatic and cultural relations during the nineteenth century. I currently co-direct the Research network 'Blood & Radical Politics' with the poet and conceptual artist RJ Arkhipov.


I was born in Gijón, Asturias, on the northern coast of Spain and, before joining Cardiff, I taught at the universities of Leeds and York. I studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Oviedo. I then obtained an MA in Race & Resistance and a PhD in Spanish and Atlantic History at the Univerity of Leeds, under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Barcia and Dr. Gregorio Alonso. I was awarded an AHRC-WRoCAH Doctoral Studentship.

Between 2010 and 2012, I worked as PA for the online magazine Periodismo Humano under the direction of the Pulitzer Prize winner Javier Bauluz. Periodismo Humano focuses on human rights violations with a particular interest in Spanish-speaking countries. In 2013, I was appointed by Ambassador Alan D. Solomont as a member of the US Embassy Youth Council of Spain at the United States Embassy in Madrid and continued serving under the mandate of Ambassador James Costos. At Leeds, I served as Vice-President of PILAS, the postgraduate affiliate of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), and co-organised the PILAS Annual Conference 2017, which brought together more than 100 delegates from 12 different countries. More recently, I co-organised the research conference ‘Comparative Abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans’ in partnership with the Afro-Latin Research Institute at Harvard University. I have also worked as an external reviewer for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and collaborated as PhD tutor with the British educational charity The Brilliant Club.











ML0359 Crime & Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture

ML0282 Cultures in Context

ML0188 Translation Spanish into English - Advanced Spanish Language Year 1

The manuscript of my first monograph, In the Blood of Our Brothers: Abolitionism and the End of the Slave Trade in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, 1800–1870, is under contract for publication with The University of Alabama Press and nearing completion. It will be published as part of the prestigious series ‘Atlantic Crossings’. The book explores how abolitionist ideas were received, shaped, and transformed in the Spanish Empire and the crucial role that British activists and diplomats played in advancing the abolitionist cause. In doing so, this study reveals the complex development of abolitionist and anti-abolitionist discourses in Spain’s public life from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the transatlantic slave trade. The book unravels the history of the ideological, political and diplomatic battle fought across the Atlantic for the abolition of the slave trade in Spain’s Atlantic empire.

I have published various articles and book reviews, in English and Spanish, and I have recently co-edited a special issue for the journal Atlantic Studies on comparative abolition in the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Together with the publication of my first book, my next major research project is a study of the intersection between radical politics, slavery and race in the Age of Revolutions. By focusing on the liberal uprising of 1836 in Santiago de Cuba, I will define the political and ideological impact of the unprecedented participation of a militia of freemen of colour in a failed attempt to establish a representative government in colonial Cuba. I will explore the motivations, fears, and aspirations of these black soldiers, the local white elite members, the British and French diplomats in the Island as well as the Spanish imperial authorities during this extraordinary transracial movement.

I have been invited to speak at various universities and research centres, including the Centro de Altos Estudios Fernando Ortiz of the University of Havana, the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford, the Centre de reserche d’histoire de l’Amerique Latine at du monde ibérique at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Research Centre of Historia Constitucional de España (ICOES) in Madrid, among others.



In the Blood of Our Brothers: Abolitionism and the End of the Slave Trade in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, 1800–1870 (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, forthcoming 2021), 80,000 words.


‘New Approaches to the Comparative Abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans', Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (forthcoming 2020), co-authored with Prof. Manuel Barcia.

‘Comerciar con la sangre de nuestros hermanos: Early Abolitionist Discourses in Spain's Empire’, Bulletin of Latin American Research (2017), 1-15.

‘“Negros o Esclavos”. La retórica de la esclavitud en la prensa española del exilio londinense (1818-1825)’, Anuario de Estudios Atlánticos, 62 (2016).

‘Caminos Transístmicos y Ferias de Panamá, siglos XVI al XVIII’, Anales. Museo de América, 20 (2012), pp. 260-270.

Special Issue

‘Comparative Abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans’, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, (forthcoming 2020), co-edited with Prof. Manuel Barcia.

Book Reviews

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Entangled Empires: The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic 1500-1830 (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania University Press, 2018) in Bulletin of Spanish Studies, (2019). DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2019.1667628

Luis Martínez-Fernández, Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2018) in Hispanic American Historical Review, 99-3 (2019), pp. 549-550.

Eduardo Galbán Rodríguez, La abolición de la esclavitud en España. Debates parlamentarios, 1810-1886 (Madrid: Dykinson, 2014) in Revista de Indias, 264, (2015), pp. 594-596.

Manuel Barcia, The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825. Cuba and the Fight for Freedom in Matanzas (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012) in Iberoamericana. América Latina-España-Portugal, 52 (2013), pp. 266-267.

Ignacio Fernández Sarasola, Los constituyentes asturianos en las Cortes de Cádiz (Gijón: Trea, 2012) in Iberoamericana. América Latina-España-Portugal, 49 (2012), pp. 255-257.